Well, it looks like we survived Valentine’s weekend, but the library love doesn’t stop there. We’re here to make break week bearable and help you all year round. Visit soon and discover that libraries are about a lot more than books.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Tax credits available to help you save money

Too often, hardworking families miss the opportunity to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. These tax credits are in place to help families make their hard-earned dollars stretch just a little farther.

Thanks to community for support of Cazenovia YoungLife Women’s Basket Brunch


To the editor: It was a brisk Saturday morning, Jan. 24, when 100 women arrived at The Lincklaen House to attend the Cazenovia YoungLife Women’s Basket Brunch. This wonderful event raised $7,000, which is very exciting as it will provide a portion of YoungLife’s financial needs here in our community.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: With new speaker comes opportunity for meaningful reform

It is a tumultuous time in the New York Assembly. Long-time serving Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver has been arrested for public corruption.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Art on the agenda for ‘Love Your Library’ month

Art, practical and otherwise, is on the agenda this Love Your Library month. Our art gallery will be showing works by Baker High Students and our shelving carts will be decorated to fit the Love Your Library theme. Come on down and enjoy.

LETTER: Lysander councilor to host town hall meeting

As an elected councilor in the town of Lysander, I would like to personally invite every resident that has any questions or concerns with their town government to attend my first town hall meeting scheduled for March 5.

Thanks to everyone for their help with our chimney fire


To the editor: We sincerely thank our neighbors Nathan Bliss and Marge Jones for their timely alert to our recent chimney fire and to the Cazenovia Fire Department for their prompt and professional response.

REMEMBERING CLAY: The Rev. Canon Nelson B. Skinner, SSC, SKCM

Twenty years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a friendly, outgoing personable man at the annual Clay tree lighting and children’s Christmas party at Moyers Corners Fire Department. He said his name was Nelson. When I asked later who he was, I was told, “Why, he’s the priest of the Anglican Church on Morgan Road, the old Methodist-Episcopal church founded by Abraham Morgan in 1839. Also, he is chaplain of our Fire Department.” He was so down-to-earth and genuinely interested in everything in the town of Clay.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Neediest children, oldest adults deserve our help

They say you can judge a society’s worth by the way it treats its neediest children and its oldest adults. With its schools, playgrounds and parks and its clean and caring senior-citizen facilities, Liverpool measures up admirably.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Continuing the fight for tougher ethics reform

This week we saw a historic moment as we voted for the assembly’s first African-American speaker, Carl E. Heastie. As he made clear, one of Speaker Heastie’s top priorities is instituting much-needed ethics reform. I’ve been fighting for tougher measures to crack down on elected officials who violate the public’s trust because public officials are elected to serve the people – not betray their confidence.

Impressed by inquisitive, informed high school students who questioned Cuomo representative at town hall meeting


To the editor: One of the most elementary lessons that teachers learn during the teacher education process is this: Don’t punish the whole class for the mistakes of a few class members. It’s unfair, unjust and, as a result, it will breed resentment between the class members and their instructor. It was precisely this issue (among many others) that was addressed by a student in Kurt Wheeler’s AP Government class to a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Cazenovia Public Library.

Who are we in Cazenovia?


As an interesting exercise in recent weeks, we have been looking into the demographics of the village of Cazenovia and the surrounding greater Cazenovia area. The intention, from a business standpoint, was to see who exactly our readers are and if we are reaching everyone and writing about every interest they have. From an academic standpoint, we found this just plain fascinating to see the numbers.

DeRuyter supervisor thanks emergency responders for Jan. 28 incident resolution


To the editor: The Town of DeRuyter is thankful to the many agencies responding to the hostage situation occurring on Best Road in the Town of DeRuyter the evening of Jan. 28. A total of 13 agencies responded providing both police support and background support to those actively involved with the situation.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor’s budget provides starting point for negotiations; overshadowed by Albany controversy

Last week, the governor presented his State of the State address. This annual tradition, much like the president’s State of Union address, is an opportunity for the governor to set forth his priorities for the upcoming state legislative session. The State of the State address is usually in the beginning of January but this year it was appropriately delayed due to the passing of the governor’s father.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The Beatles will always be the best

Paul Davie grew up in the Southern Tier town of Sidney, but now that he’s grown up he lives in Liverpool. A longtime rock and roll musician who plays guitar, bass and harmonica, Davie settled here in 2006 because he’s obsessed with the Beatles, the British pop combo that hailed from Liverpool, England.